Can a Damaged Tooth Be Saved?

In the world of dental health, a damaged tooth doesn’t always spell doom for your smile. Advances in dental care have paved the way for numerous procedures that can save a compromised tooth—or, in the case that a tooth cannot be saved, replace it. Whether your teeth have been damaged due to decay, injury, or wear and tear, understanding your… Continue Reading

What To Expect With Your Gums When You’re Expecting

A lot of changes happen to the body during pregnancy—including changes to your mouth and oral health. You may begin to notice more bleeding and tenderness than normal. This is due to hormonal changes and a decrease in your immune system. When you are pregnant, your at-home oral hygiene efforts are even more important to help decrease bacterial plaque in… Continue Reading

Is Vaping Bad For My Teeth?

In recent years, vaping has surged in popularity as an alternative to traditional smoking, touted as a “safer” option. However, questions are being raised about the potential impact on oral health. Is vaping bad for your teeth, and what could it mean for your overall dental and oral systemic health? Our Elgin dentist, Dr. Dean Lodding, co-founded the American Academy… Continue Reading

Elgin dentist Dr. Dean Lodding discusses what causes implants to fail and how to avoid implant failure

Elgin Dentist Explains What Causes Dental Implant Failure and How to Avoid It

Elgin dentist Dean Lodding, DDS outlines factors that contribute to a higher risk of implant failure, including infection, bone loss, and smoking. Elgin, IL — Dental implants have become one of the most popular and effective solutions for individuals seeking to restore their smiles and improve oral health. However, like any medical procedure, there is a possibility of complications, and… Continue Reading

How to Prevent Bone Loss After Tooth Extraction

The jawbone not only securely holds the roots of a tooth in place, but is also dependent on healthy teeth to stimulate bone cells. When teeth are extracted or lost, bone tissue in that area recedes since the tooth roots are gone and are no longer able to enhance jawbone density. Bone deterioration after tooth loss can be a very… Continue Reading

How Can I Remove Staining from Bonded Teeth?

One of the benefits of cosmetic dental bonding is the treatment’s ability to blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. However, if a bonded tooth becomes stained, this can reduce the quality of the results and require an adjunctive solution to restore a natural look. Although bonded teeth are polished upon application, they are still susceptible to… Continue Reading

Elgin Cosmetic Dentist Dean Lodding, DDS Explains Smile Makeover Benefits

Elgin Cosmetic Dentist Details the Benefits of a Smile Makeover

Dr. Dean Lodding, an Elgin cosmetic dentist, explains how a Smile Makeover can provide aesthetic and health benefits for patients with multiple dental concerns.  Elgin, IL – The desire to have a dazzling, luminous smile has remained a top request in the cosmetic dentistry world for patients who want to restore a more youthful and healthy appearance. For some, this… Continue Reading

Is Dental Porcelain Strong Enough to Repair My Smile?

Dental porcelain is a popular choice for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments due to its compatible look and feel alongside natural teeth—but porcelain’s beauty also matches its brawn. High-quality, dental-grade porcelain is as strong and durable as the tooth’s natural enamel and, when properly cared for, can last for years—or even decades! At Smile for Life Dental, our Elgin cosmetic… Continue Reading

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Dental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a joyous but overwhelming time in a person’s life, and good dental care is rarely the first thing on an expectant mother’s mind. However, being mindful of your oral health is actually an important part of safeguarding the overall health of both you and your baby. Dr. Dean Lodding is an Elgin-based family and cosmetic dentist with… Continue Reading

Elgin dentist provides tips for finding the best cosmetic dentist for your needs and aesthetic goals.

Elgin Dentist Explains How to Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Dean Lodding of Smile For Life Dental offers advice on how to choose the right cosmetic dentist for each patient’s individual aesthetic goals. Elgin, IL — While oral health and wellness should be the top priorities of any dentist, smile aesthetics are an increasingly popular focus for many patients. Cosmetic dentists specialize in enhancing the appearance of the teeth… Continue Reading